Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unclassified Archaeological Remains Piling Up in Storage

BBC News Northern Ireland has reported that

"Hundreds of thousands of archaeological items recovered from historic sites in Northern Ireland are lying unclassified in plastic bags and boxes."

One wonders about the situation in countries that aggressively seek to control all archaeological items, like Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, etc.  

Yet, such information never finds its way into the archaeo-blogosphere, which instead insists every last shard must be under the control of state sponsored archaeologists so it can be properly studied and preserved.

2 comments:

Cultural Property Observer said...

Arthur Houghton asked me to post this:

"Peter, this is archaeology's dirty secret. Excavate, do not classify, do not publish, excavate, excavate, it is such fun. Those who carry on in this manner or accept and enable it should be severely sanctioned.

Thank you for calling attention to this appalling situation.

Warm regards,

Arthur'

stoutstandards said...

Funny how all that escapes a certain few......

http://stoutstandards.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/professional-vandalism-and-not-a-detector-in-sight/